Dorians: Leading Saint Patrick's Day in Southern Illinois
What: Irish Festivals
When: 2014-03-15 - 2014-03-22
On Saint Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish, and in Southern Illinois you can be Irish for two weekends in a row if you want, as many celebrations will take place throughout the area.
On Saturday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m., a Saint Patrick's Day Festival kicks off at Von Jakob Winery and Brewery with a performance by Johnston City Celtic duo Roisín Dubh and a gourmet four-course dinner with Irish specials. The following day, Von Jakob will have live music by the Dave Caputo Duo at 2:30 p.m. with Irish lunch specials, including shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage. Find out more about Roisín Dubh on Facebook.
Local Irish / Celtic band the Dorians will perform at Pinch Penny Pub’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day party, which this year takes place Saturday, March 15 at 6 p.m. The Dorians have played Pinch’s Saint Paddy’s party for about twenty years now, and as always, Pinch will serve Irish stew, corned beef dinners, and other Irish-themed food and beverages. The bar will also debut the selection of about 150 microbrews.
The Dorians then head to the Sunday, March 16 at 5 p.m. for a show at the Old Feed Store in Cobden.
Americana band County Graves will perform Monday, March 17 at the Hangar 9’s Saint Patrick's Day Party.
The Dorians will also kick off the twenty-seventh Murphysboro Saint Patrick’s Day Festival the following weekend when they play Friday, March 21 at the Liberty Theater. The Dorians will record the show for possible release as a live CD.
The Murphysboro Saint Patrick’s Day Festival proper takes place Saturday, March 22.
“There's no other Saint Patrick's Day festival south of Saint Louis that I am aware of in Illinois,” Bruce Wallace, executive director of the Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce, told Nightlife. “There is nothing quite like this. This brings in hundreds and hundreds of people. Friday night— this will be important— we do sponsor the Dorians, Irish-music [band], to play at the Liberty Theater on Friday. We started off [the next day] with a [five-kilometer] race at 9 a.m., then we have a kids’ fair, craft-beer tasting, dart tournament, bocce-ball tournament, [and] arm-wrestling tournament, so we offer about eight different events throughout the course of the day.... The Saint Patrick's Day Festival is a pretty big deal, things going on all over town— things for kids, things for adults. Everybody wears green or you get pinched.”
This year the annual Irish-stew cookoff will not take place, but Wallace promises that next year's event will have stew, though it won’t be limited to Irish stew.
Because everyone loves a parade, Murphysboro’s Saint Patrick's Day Festival doesn't disappoint. A parade begins at 11 a.m.
For a complete list of times and events for the Murphysboro Saint Patrick's Day festival, search for the event on Facebook.
what: traditional Irish / Celtic music
where: Pinch Penny Pub; Old Feed Store
when: Saturday, March 15; Sunday, March 16
who: County Graves
what: Americana / Saint Patrick's Day Party
where: Hangar 9
when: Monday, March 17
who: Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce
what: Saint Patrick’s Celtic Celebration
where: downtown Murphysboro
when: Saturday, March 22
who: Roisín Dubh
what: Saint Patrick’s Day Festival
where: Von Jakob Orchard
when: Saturday, March 15